In August we continue offering a brief Holy Communion service for small gatherings in the sanctuary in addition to our continued online worship. Members will be assigned by last name to one Sunday per month, so that everyone has an opportunity to receive Holy Communion while maintaining social distancing measures mandated by the governor. Please only come for the service that corresponds with your last name. If you are unable to attend your assigned Sunday in August, please let the church office know right away so we can arrange a different Sunday for you to receive Christ’s gifts.
Designated pews will be marked for seating so that at least six feet of distance exists between different families. Everyone in attendance will be required to wear masks (including pastors and volunteers) so please bring a mask for every member of your family, and hand sanitizer will also be available. Sanitization will be implemented after each communion service. We will give further instructions for receiving the Lord’s Supper when it is your Sunday to attend.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Our Lord says to us in Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
As we ponder those words, knowing, trusting in His promises and desiring the safety of all, we will be immediately going to an online-only worship beginning Sunday, March 15th, 2020. There will not be Bible Study, Sunday School, nursery, mid-week Soup Suppers, Choir Practice, and our mid-week Worship will be an online-only sermon recording available on the FLC website. Volunteers positions such as acolytes, ushers, greeters, sound techs, etc. will not be needed during our online-only worship services. Small groups are invited to meet at their own discretion and the church building will be available for these groups if needed.
Why move worship to online-only during a pandemic?
1. We are loving our neighbors by protecting our neighbors.
2. We are not being fearful. We are being responsible.
3. This is what “Showing the love of Jesus to people everyday” looks like in this season.
4. You can worship Jesus together in any place.
5. The church is people not a building.
Join us online at https://firstlutheranbozeman.com
Our pastors, the Lay Leader Board and the Board of Elders are carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As information evolves, our website is the primary, most up-to-date place for you to receive answers to commonly asked questions. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.
If there are any updates we will be sending out emails AND updating our website with the news. In the meantime, we look forward to being with you online at our regular worship times of 8:15 and 11 am. We would encourage mailing in or dropping off your offering and capital campaign contributions at the church, and we will be working on online giving options at the same time. This time of year can be a low point in terms of meeting our budget so your continued financial contributions will be very vital to FLC.
Click here to donate online.
If you have any questions or concerns you can contact the available Elders:
Kelly Kapinos: tel:+14062092421
Jeremy Duley: tel:+14065798419
Pete Brekhus: tel:+14066005065
Jim White: tel:+15639408415
Russ Stump: tel:+14065805593
If there's someone you know who may not receive this information, please call or otherwise communicate these important topics to them. If you have any needs or prayer requests, please contact the FLC office.
Pastor Sam Grayl
Saturday morning update:
As you may already know, it was announced Friday evening that Montana now has 4 active cases of the COVID-19 virus with one being a person in Gallatin County. It was reported this morning that this individual likely contracted it while traveling internationally and had been limiting his exposure by staying at home as much as possible. The Gallatin Valley Health Department is still classifying the public risk in Bozeman as low. Kudos to this individual for their caution and regard for the community and while we don't know his name, we ask God to grant healing and a full recovery to this person.
At this time, we will remain closely tuned to any further developments. It is important that we all do our part to help prevent respiratory illnesses from spreading in our communities. If you are experiencing fever, chills, cough or shortness of breath, we encourage you to stay at home and worship with us by utilizing the livestream and recorded sermons and Bible Studies here on our website. Also, remember to wash your hands with soap frequently, cover your coughs and sneezes, and use hand sanitizer.
Friday, March 13th
Dear Friends in Christ,
We're seeing a number of important changes in our world due to the COVID-19 pandemic: restrictions on travel, conferences and sporting events are on hold, and yesterday we learned that the Montana University System will largely switch to online classes following next week's spring break. We live in interesting times!
At FLC, we turn to prayer and preparation rather than panic: "I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'" (Psalm 91). We remain open for worship and ministry - if you have any health issues, please contact the church office with any needs and prayer requests. During worship, both individual and common cup will continue to be available at the communion rail. If you wish to refrain from shaking hands during the sharing of the peace, that's okay - a friendly wave and a smile also convey that fellowship.
If you are feeling unwell or are considered "at risk" and decide that staying home is warranted, you're still able to worship with us! Our worship services and Sunday Bible study are broadcast live on our website each week and we post recordings of the sermons and Bible studies online for those who are ill or traveling. We will continue to use email, social media and announcements at church to let you know of any important developments. If you ever need assistance in using these electronic resources, don't hesitate to reach out to me!
I'll close this out with some prevention tips from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and a helpful graphic sent out to us by the LCMS office in St. Louis:
"Montana state and local public health officials are monitoring the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation very closely.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, you can take simple steps to protect yourself, your family and the community: